Australian T20 captain George Bailey says he would have preferred to lead a full-strength team against the West Indies at the Gabba on Wednesday night, but the players called into the side showed they were good enough to become regulars at that level.
Australia, who could only manage 8-164 in reply to the West Indies score of 6-191, were missing many of their first-choice 11, as Test team players are already in India for the upcoming series.
Asked after the match whether it was an unusual situation for an Australian side have to play without so many star players, Bailey said it had proved a difficult task.
"Yeah it was, no doubt about that. And that was always going to be one of the real challenges," he said.
"I guess from our point of view the positive from that is we got to see Josh Hazlewood, who I thought looks like he belongs at that level. I think he can bowl in all three areas of the game.
"I think Nathan Coulter-Nile in patches was really good. I think his best stuff is going to be very, very good at this level.
"And I didn't think Benny Rohrer looked out of place, so as far as those guys went as debutantes, I really liked what I saw.
"At the end of the day, there's always going to be injuries, so the more knowledge we have, the more information we have about who can step up to this level, the better off we are.
"But, not ideal. Certainly as T20 captain I want to have my best side on the field as often as possible."
Australia's hopes of chasing down the formidable total set by the West Indies were dealt a major blow when both Adam Voges (51) and Shaun Marsh (21) were run out in consecutive overs, to end a partnership which appeared to be gathering steam.
"I think run-outs in T20 are absolutely gold. Particularly when it's your set batters, when it's your top order," Bailey said.
"Realistically if we were going to chase down that total, to get close to it we needed someone in the top three or four to go on and probably score 80, 90, even close to 100 and I thought Vogesy and Shaun had summed that up really well.
"I thought their partnership, after the loss of that early wicket, was really smart.
"They picked the balls they were hitting, travelling along nicely, it just would have been nice for one of them to go on a little bit more."
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First Posted 14 February, 2013 10:24AM AEST